Malvern Daily Record

Literacy council karaoke fundraiser set for May 12

- By Virginia Pitts Staff Writer

The Literacy Council of Hot Spring County (LCHSC) wants to know—does Hot Spring County Have Talent?

The LCHSC invites you and your friends to a great evening of karaoke fun, fabulous food, and lots of awesome prizes, all to benefit the READ Program!

The READ Program is an adult learning resource program utilized by the LCHSC to provide people, at absolutely no charge, “with the tools and help they need to learn to read and to break the multi-generation­al cycle of illiteracy,” as stated on the organizati­on’s social media.

“READ offers services to any person regardless of income, race, creed, gender or disabiliti­es. There are no costs related to the tutor or learner – all materials and facilities are provided,” as stated on their social media.

And now they need your help! Come join the fun and sing your heart out, all for an oh-so-worthy cause! Whether you’re the next Carrie Underwood or can’t carry a tune to save your life, no matter—it’s all in good fun, and the Literacy Council is in great need of help if they are to keep providing their free and essential services to the Hot Spring County community.

The Karaoke Fundraiser will kick off May 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the ASUTR Great Room, located at the ASU Three Rivers campus in Malvern.

Michael Henderson’s Kaleidosco­pe Karaoke will facilitate the entertainm­ent and hand off the mic to singers who want to show off their talent, have fun with their friends, or simply compete for one of many cool gift cards and prizes that have been made available from both major outlets and local favorites, all for a really important cause!

Prizes will include gifts cards from Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Texas Roadhouse, Tussaud Wax Museum, Alligator Farm, and a Silent Auction of Tupperware items. Box dinners will consist of your choice of sandwich, chips, cookie, and drink—selections you’ll make when you buy your tickets through the online portal.

Tickets are $20 in advance, which is necessary so that organizers will

know exactly how many box dinners to prepare. Tickets can be purchased online at givebutter. com by searching “Does Hot Spring County Have Talent?” or through the “Literacy Council of Hot Spring County” Facebook page.

Functional illiteracy affects us all, not just those who directly struggle to read well enough to perform essential daily tasks. It impacts our kids, our families, our neighbors, our workforce, and society, in general.

Those who read just fine may find it hard to believe that one in five adult Americans can’t read at a sufficient level to function in everyday life, according to national studies. And the problem is no different in Hot Spring County. The Literacy Council hopes to help, by providing HSC residents with tutoring and encouragem­ent to attain better reading skills and confidence in their abilities, which will improve their quality of life for them and their families.

Led by Program Director, Vickie Mcnees, volunteers help learners with tutor training, learner placement, counseling, referrals and other helpful assistance. The LCHSC center is located at 1135 E. Page St. in Malvern. For more informatio­n on the READ Program or how you can help your fellow HSC residents improve their reading skills, please call 501- 229- 1686.

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